Public health and Covid-19 on the Marshall Islands

Healthcare on the Marshall Islands

Healthcare on the Marshall Islands is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.
Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age on the Marshall Islands is 62.8 years for men and 67.8 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 664.32 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 16.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).
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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus on the Marshall Islands

Since the beginning of the pandemic until December 8th, 2022, a total of 15,541 infected people and 17 deaths have been reported on the Marshall Islands.
The total of 15,541 infected people currently represents 26.25% of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 106,154 vaccine doses have been administered as of November 2nd, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 43,550 people have received at least one vaccination (73.6%). The booster vaccination was received by 21,554 people (36.4%).
36,633 of these are considered fully vaccinated on the Marshall Islands (= 61.9%).
This means that the Marshall Islands are only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 114 countries.
Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height165 cm154 cm
Weight78.7 kg73.0 kg


Marshall IslandsØ worldwide
Diabetes *30.50%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

Marshall IslandsØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *8.60%8.21%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

On the Marshall Islands, 28.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 on the Marshall IslandsMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals on the Marshall Islands is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.7 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.
With about 27 physicians on the Marshall Islands, there are about 0.46 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 124 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?